No commutation for Edwards

Apparently President George W. Bush will not commute the sentence of former Gov. Edwin Edwards.

Bush technically has until noon on Tuesday when President-elect Barack Obama is sworn into office to exercise his executive pardon authority, but presidential advisers said no more are forthcoming.

Monday, Bush commuted the sentences of two former U.S. Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a Mexican drug dealer and then trying to cover up the act.

Edwards, 81, has served nearly six years and three months of a ten-year sentence for racketeering and other federal charges related to the handling of casino licenses.

Former Louisiana Gov. Dave Treen, who tried to get Edwards released, told reporters he is disappointed by the news.

Treen says President Bush's father, former President George H. Bush, sent a letter to his son asking that he commute Edwards' sentence.

"I don't know why he didn't do it," Treen said. "His father recommended it."

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